I’m absolutely terrible at taking tests

A couple of my teachers made an exception when I could not pass the written test.

A lot of people suffer from test and performance anxiety. This is a common issue that plagues 65% of people in some way, shape, or form. I’ve always suffered from terrible test anxiety. My mom and I could study flashcards all night long. I would know the material at the drop of a question. At test time, I froze up and my mind went blank. I had sweaty palms and I could feel my heart beat getting faster and faster. It was awful and I hated school. My teachers tried lots of things to get me interested in Math, English, and writing, but I really had a hard time and I often faked being sick so I could stay home from school. If my mom made me go to school, I would spend half the day in the nurse’s office. I never wanted to go to college, so I decided to learn a trade. I went to a technical school to learn heating and AC service work in my 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. I still found it difficult to learn and study, but most of the HVAC technical classes required me to take a test with my hands or orally. A couple of my teachers made an exception when I could not pass the written test. It helped me pass school, but I found it incredibly difficult to pass the test when I had to take the exam to get my certification and HVAC services. I had to take the certification test 3 times. Each time I did better, but I did not pass until the third time. I’m glad that is the last time that I have to take a written test.

 

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